Kellyanne Conway, working for and against her boss at times, says she’ll talk to Donald Trump about about defusing his violent rhetoric toward journalists.
“Yes, I will tell him that,” Conway told Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday, in response for a request from the CNN host that Trump tone down the attacks against the media.
“The working journalists who are traveling with them all the time — they go to all these rallies, they’re in this pen, he points to them — he sort of eggs the crowd on to go after them. There are a lot of young journalists,” Blitzer said to Conway. “He shouldn’t be doing that. Can you talk to him and say to him, ‘Mr. Trump, we only have a few days left. These are hardworking, young journalists and they deserve to have some security, if you will? Because some of those Trump supporters get pretty nasty out there.”
When Blitzer reiterated that many journalists are scared to cover Trump’s campaign because of how he whips up the crowds against them, she repeated, “I appreciate you saying that, and it will be conveyed. But they need to be fair.”
There have been a number of high-profile incidents in which journalists covering Trump’s campaign have reported overt hostility from his crowds. These include CNN’s Jim Acosta, who reported being hit with a sign, CNN’s Sara Murray, whose car was keyed and who had the cables to her truck cut, and NBC’s Katy Tur, who had Trump single her out during one of his rallies and turned the audience against her.
Watch the exchange below: